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Flash Basics - Drawing
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Drawing:
Using the drawing tools, usually located on the far left section of flash, you can create artwork, buttons, even layouts for a flash movie or a flash web site. This section will show you how to use these tools and let you try them out for yourself as we go. With these tools, you can draw lines, circles, squares and other shapes. These tools are pretty much what you have expected them to be, simple drawing tools.

 

Pointer:
The pointer in Flash is basically the cursor. You will need the pointer to move, select, resize different objects in your movie. To select an object, you can either double click on it, or click and drag over it.

The oval tool:
Select the oval tool from your Tools menu and then click and drag a circle shape onto your stage. You can start from anywhere from your stage, and once you are satisfied with the size and shape of your circle, let go of your mouse. Tip: If you hold down your "shift" key, while drawing a circle, you will obtain a perfect circle. Once this is done, you have a new circular shape on your stage area.

The rectangle tool:
Select the rectangle tool from your Tools menu and then click and drag a square or rectangle onto your stage. You can do this the same way you did to create a circle. Tip: If you hold down your "shift" key, while creating a rectangle, you will notice a perfect square being created. Once you are satisfied with the size and shape, let go of the mouse.

Rounding over a rectangle/square:
To create a rounded rectangle/square, select your rectangle tool from the Tools menu, then select the "Rectangle Radius Modifier" tool. Set the size to 5, then click on OK. Create your shape, and notice how the edges are rounded while you are drawing.

The pencil tool:
The pencil tool allows you to draw shapes on your stage freehand. This means that you and your hand control the position, length and curves in your line. Select the pencil tool from your Tools menu and draw a line on you stage. You'll notice the line isn't perfect, but there is a way to improve it. Select the line by clicking on it two times, and then go to your line options and select the straighten button. Once this is selected, your line will become more straight then it was before. You can also add the smooth option which will make your line perfectly smooth and clean. Now you have perfect lines, the way you want them to be displayed.

The paint brush tool:
This tool is practically the same as the pencil tool, since it uses the same options as well as giving you the same appearance you would get from your pencil tool. Select the brush tool, and draw some lines in your stage. Play with the straighten and smooth options and notice the resemblance to the pencil tool.

The paint bucket tool:
Once you have deleted all the shapes and lines on your stage, create a new square on your stage. Now you will notice the colors in the square are the colors you have selected earlier. Choose the paint bucket tool, and then select a color from your "fill" menu . Now that you have selected a new color, click in the square with your paint bucket, and your new color will be applied. You can do this with any color you wish, and as many times as you want. If you want to apply a gradient to your square, simple choose the color menu, and select one of the default gradients. You can click in your square, and for a more effective result, click and drag the paint bucket while in the square. You will notice a gradient being produced and moved in your square. Later I will show you how to create your own gradients. Now you have a good idea on how to fill in your shapes.

Outlines:
Each shape you create such as triangles, squares and circles have an outline, which is a line surrounding the shape. Select your line, by double clicking it, and go to your line color menu, and choose a color for your line. Now while your line is still selected, go to Window> Panels> Stroke where a panel containing stoke options will appear. Choose the Dashed option and notice your line will have a new look along with the color you have just added to it. That's it, you now know how to add style to your lines.

Now that you have completed the Drawing section, please make sure you close this document and open a new one for the next section, Symbols.


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